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Issue 31 Number 2 
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■ As the only true 

light in a darkened 
^^orld, Christians 

are to be light - 

bearers of 

Jesus Christ, 

reflecting His 


through our 

desires, our 

minds, and 

our service.'* 

1 he updated look and teel of this edition of Bryan Life heralds the optimism that pervades the Bryan 
community. Optimism that looks forward to our next 75 years as we celebrate our first 75 years of faithfulness 
to our mission of educating students to be servant-leaders in Christ's Kingdom. During Heritage Week, March 
14-16, we will begin our celebration with the formal naming ceremony of our administration building, 
now Mercer Hall, honoring our beloved fourth president from 1956-1986, Dr. Theodore C. Mercer, and culmi- 
nate with numerous activities during Heritage Week in 2006, 

The fresh design of Bryan Life conveys the idea of Faithful Brilliance— cherishing our past and portending our 
bright future. Perhaps diere is no greater accolade given to a Christian-or a Christian college-than that we remain 
faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ and to His word. Our biblical theme of "Christ Above All" aptly portrays our 
belief ih at it is impossible to please out Lord without living a life of faith in Him who is our Creator, Redeemer, 
and Susrainer, Bryan has also remained faithful to the vision not only of William Jennings Bryan, bur also to 
those founders who in 1930 desired a college that would elevate the inerrant Scripture as the sole authorirv for 
all life and learning. 

As the only true light in a darkened world. Christians are to be light bearers of Jesus Christ, reflecting 
His Brilliance through our desires, our minds, and our service. Brilliance also speaks to the excellence of our 
students academic experience, students who are in every vocation prepared in mind and spirit to provide 
leadership in addressing the cultural issues of our day with the claims of Christ. Bryan is positioned for our new 
75 years to be a beacon of light within Christian higher education, providing leadership throughout the academy 
tor scholarly education with a biblical foundation. 

This scholarly, biblically premised education enabling our students to engage our culture for Christ is the 
overarching theme of our new Bryan Center for Critical Thought and Practice. The Bryan Center commences 
this semester with its first public series of seminars in April under the leadership of Dr. Charles Van Eaton. 
Through the presentation ot four seminars annually, the Center will enable our academic departments on a 
regular multi-year basis to discuss in depth a relevant cultural issue of significance stemming from their own 
disciplines. Each seminar will feature prominent national scholars able to address that issue from biblical 
perspectives, providing for Bryan students opportunity to gain understanding and to think critically regarding 
issues within and beyond their chosen majors. 

Included in this edition of Bryan Life is the inaugural publication from the Bryan Center, Illumine, with 
a feature article by our own director and scholar. Dr. Van Eaton. We have chosen the name of Illumine to reflect 
our belief that the only way any of us can hope to gain understanding and a light to our paths is through the 
light that comes from Jesus Christ, Illumines theme verse. Psalm 36:9, states, "For with You is the fountain of life; 
hi Your light we see. light," All of our academic endeavors should proceed from this light and enable our 
students to provide lighr for addressing the issues of our day. 

We know from Scripture that God desires to accomplish great and mighty things which our minds cannot 
imagine, and for Bryan College, it is my firm conviction that He will do so as we prepare our hearts for 

evangelism, prepare our minds tor engaging all of culture with His truth, and prepare our lives as fit vessels 
for His service. I know you will enjoy this edition of Bryan Life and will join with all of us on campus as we 
begin celeb raring our IS 1 ^ birrhday! 


critical thought and 

As Bryan College prepares to celebrate 75 years of service 
to students, the vision for the college to make a difference 

in today's world -as an institution, not simply through 

the work of its alumni— is taking shape in the form of the 

new Bryan Center for Critical Thought and Practice. 

Through its history .mJ with the commitment of its alumni, the college has demoosttated 
its commitment to be a highly ranked, nationally competitive college that puts "Christ 
Above All." Again and again, Bryan students have demonstrated their academic achievement. 
Bryan alumni have shown a commitment to making a difference, and in quiet ways the 
world has been impacted by the institution. But we believe the time is right to take a more 
prominent position in rhe marketplace of ideas. 

The Bryan Center for Critical Thought and Practice will focus on developing exciting 
academic seminars in which scholars who are Believers and who compete at the highest levels 
of scholarly inquiry will speak on topics that are at the center of critical national issues. 
Topics we expect to address include the federal judicial system, education, taxation, science 
the fine arts, and a wide range of other critical concerns. 



This is a unique opportunity for a 
Christian liberal arrs college that is committed 
to rigorous academic training. The Bryan 
Center will be a vehicle that presents the 
power residing in its students and faculty 
to a wider audience both nationally and 
i'iui nationally. It is not a power that resc*. 
in man but a power that comes from God. 
All members ot the Bryan family believe 
that God has not given us a "Spirit of 
timidity, but a Spirit of power, love, and 
self-discipline." Our students need to see 
that when the) leave this campus, they 
will be going into a world where God has 
placed His servants; diar the}' will be carrying 
on works which He has begun; and, by 
His grace, they will be doing greater works 
<n the future. 

At the same time, the Bryan Center will coordinate and promote several college 
programs that exist to address such contemporaty issues. These current programs include 
Summit Ministries; The Center for Law and Government and its Foundations Forum; 
the Center for Origins Research; and the Myers Leadership Training Institute. In addition 
to these established activities, new programs will be developed in public policy and 
classical studies. Because Bryan is a college in which teaching and learning are rooted in 
the classical sense of the true liberal arts — -those studies suitable for the free man — all these 
programs will work together to expand and strengthen the academic and spiritual ministry 
of Bryan College both internally and externally. 

The Center will open the Bryan ministry to a wider world of friends, supporter-,, 
and individuals— including elementary and secondary school teachers and academics from 
institutions of higher learning from all parts of the nation — through a series of four 
three-day seminars each academic year. These programs will bring prominent scholars to 
disLiiss various aspects of the seminar's topic and interact with our students and individuals 
who come from off-camptis for the lectures. 

The first seminar of the 2004-05 academic year is scheduled for April 17-19, and will 
focus on the topic "The Natural I,aw: Is the Declaration in the Constitution?" This seminar 
will feature nationally recognized scholars such as Douglas Kmiec of Pepperdine University, 
Thomas West of the University of Dallas, F. Russell Hictinger of the University of Tulsa, 


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Bryan faculty 
and staff 

will develop 


topics— all 

within the 

context of 


excellence and 

the authority 

of Scripture. 

Peter Lawler of Berry College, and Colleen Sheehan of Villanova University as presenters. This topic 
is critical to understanding how our current system of governance works, particularly as we face the 
critical question of the roie of the federal judicial system in many of the critical issues — especially 
critical moral issues facing our nation. 

Students and faculty will have ample opportunity to interact with seminar speakers in the question - 
and-answer period at the end of each presentation as well as in a reception at the end of each session. 
Our invited scholars also will have the opportunity to speak in classes at the invitation of Bryan professors 
so that students will be able to meet and share ideas with our invited guests. 

Other seminars are being planned for September and October 2005, and February and March 
2006. The following are possible topics: 

'W^aJJUmjuo- tAj3-iUJU<L How does a secular culture 
impact the way Christians understand the world? 
This is a central part of Bryan's current Summit 
Ministries program. 

VoJtutAs t&cvtaJsLfrtts Does modem secular education 
produce "Men Without Chests?" The Bryan College 

All of the seminars will be given wide 
publicity not only in the immediate Bryan 
community, but across the nation as well. 
Selected papers from each seminar will 
be printed and distributed to a national 
audience through a new bi-monthly Bryan 
publication bearing the title Illumine. 
Department of Education will take the lead in this area The inspiration for this tide is the Word 

of critical thought and practice. 

\LAmi- &mj&* tL-trtMAjnAsrUU, "The Law and Being 
Human." In this topic area, under the guidance of Bryan's 
Center for Law and Government, speakers will address 
such issues as cloning, abortion, "gay rights," and 
capital punishment vs. "rehabilitation" — all topics 
that are currently part of legal and legislative debates. 

W£AAAJL> tdlu/LAAjufrns uns iA*- pAAjynAAjti, 
Ounjol dJLA&nJldtAjLi, aAJxJ^iA^ In this seminar, 
critical analysis will be made of the systems now 
operating to examine the impact they have on both 
the physical and spiritual health of young people. 
Again, the Education and Athletics departments 
will develop critical issue topics and plan for expert 
scholars and teachers to speak. 

of God found in Psalm 36:9, "For with 
you is the fountain of life; in your light 
we see light." 

Bryan College has a powerful faculty 
and outstanding students. Consequently, 
faculty and students, not the director of 
rhe Bryan Center, will develop the topics 
that the seminars will examine. The common 
denominaror across all these seminars is 
that all these topics will be examined from 
a rigorous academic perspective within the 
overriding context of complete confidence 
in the knowledge that out Lord is indeed 
the "Way the Truth, and the Life." 



CuaZcaZ Xli6u4JvC~*n*t4A7a4 J 6<Jlu£jL i/uAtJu>JL p/LQJtXZxj, . Another facet of the 
Bryan Center will be development of the new William Jennings Center for Public Policy. 
The William Jennings Bryan Center for Public Policy will focus on the study of economics 
and politics in the Light of the One Who gives light so that all members of the Bryan 
community, both internal and external, may come to a deeper understanding of the national 
and international issues of the day. Our goal will be to help educate those who must make 
public policy so policies that extend human liberty and promote righteousness and justice prevail. 

This step is only a natural outgrowth of the vision of the College's namesake, statesman 
William Jennings Bryan. Mr, Bryan believed that a government should exist to benefit its 
citizens, and that there is strength in an informed citizenry. The William Jennings Bryan 
Centet tor Public Policy will endeavor to prepare students and others to take the Christian 
worldview that Mr. Bryan espoused, and the College teaches, and translate it into action 
in the public arena. 

The Bryan family believes with full confidence chat "Righteousness exalts a nation, 
but sin is a reproach to any people." The Center for Public Policy as part of the Bryan Center 
for Critical Thought and Practice will report the best in policy research in the form of 
scholarly papers and opinion pieces submitted to national media. These scholarly activities 
will help improve public understanding of critical government and business policy issues 
and bring awareness of Bryan College to a national audience. 

The Center for Critical Thought and 
Practice, working with faculty, will be active 
in the development oi innovative undci- 
graduate programs in Classical Studies and 
Worldview Studies, Both will be multi- 
disciplinary and both will embrace and 
sttengchen the essential liberal arts. 

Using all the scholarly resources already 
in place at Bryan, and teaching out to tap 
the solid scholarship that is available in the 
wider Christian community, the Bryan 
Center for Critical Thought and Practice 
will function to support the best in Christian 
thought and practice. The goal is to strengthen 
our srudenrs as they enter the world of 
witness and combat, expand our services 
to friends and supporters, and teli the Bryan 
College story to a widet world beyond the 
presenr Bryan Co mm unity. &&, 

van eaton 

Dr. Charles Van Eaton is Bryan's distinguished professor at 
large and director of the Bryan Center for Critical Thought 
and Practice. Before coming to Bryan, Dr. Van Eaton was 
professor of public policy at Pepperdine University's School 
of Public Policy, and served as the Everett McCabe/UPS 
Professor of Economics and chairman of the economics and 
business division at Hillsdale College. He has had more than 
1,200 columns published in more than 200 newspapers, 
and is in constant demand as a conference and civic speaker. 


and counting 

*• God has 

led and 


Bryan College 

in numerous 

ways... " 

dr. richard Cornelius 

Bryan College will take 
a look back and a look ahead 
as it commemorates 75 years of 
offering a quality Christ -centered education in Dayton. 

The year-long celebration will officially begin 
during Heritage Week, March 1 4-16, with lectures 
on the educational and theological ideas of American 
statesman and orator William Jennings Bryan, and 
will conclude with graduation on May 6, 2006. 

Dr. Richard Cornelius, '55, co-chairman of 
the anniversary planning committee, said, "God 
has led and sustained Bryan College in numerous 
ways since its beginnings after the Scopes Trial. 
Starting in the fall of 2003, the anniversary 
planning committee has been working to 
provide comprehensive and varied activities that 
celebrate Gods faithfulness and recognize the 
contribution of the college and its alumni to the 
Southeast Tennessee community and the world." 

One of the highlights ot the anniversary year 
will be dedication of a statue of William Jennings 
Bryan, to be erected on the Rhea County Courthouse 
lawn in Dayton, during Homecoming 2005. 
The statue, by Chattanooga artist Cessna Decosimo, 
will depict Bryan at the beginning of his public 
career, unlike the three other statues of "The 
Great Commoner." 

"This statue will be a gift from the college 
to the community," Dr. Cornelius said. "Bryan 
College is in Dayton because of William Jennings 
Bryan's participation in the Scopes Trial and his 
wish that a school be started here to teach the 
libera] arts from a Biblical perspective. The people 
of Rhea County, along with many others, helped 

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make the college possible, and we hope to 
demonstrate our appreciation to them in 
this special way," 

One project that preceded the fotmal 
anniversary observance was publication of 
a 75th anniversary Bible, inrroduced during 
Homecoming 2004. The Bible, a NASB 
Open Bible Edition, has an eight-page color 
supplement with a brief history, pictures, 
and other information about the college. 
To order a copy, please see an advertisement 
elsewhere in this edition of Bryan Life. 

The formal annivetsary kickoff during 
Heritage Week this March will be lectures 
by Dr. Ken Epp, former Bryan vice president 

for student services. Dr. Epp wrote his doctoral dissertation on the impact of Bryan's 
religious views upon his educational ideas and will share insights from his research, 

During Heritage Week, the college will have a program to commemorate rhe 
naming of the Administration Building in honor of Dr. Theodore C. Mercer, Bryan's 
fourth president. Dr. Mercer served from 1956 to 1986, a period of significant physical and 
institutional growth. This past fall, the board of trusrees agreed to this way of honoring his 
leadership and conrriburion to the college and the community. Another feature of Heritage 
Week will be the unveiling of a painting by Susan Cassidy Wilhoit of current and hisroric 
campus buildings. 

The celebration year will climax with a national symposium on the Scopes Trial, 
featuring three Bryan faculty, three alumni, and seven other experts, including historian 
Edward J. Larson, who won rhe 1 998 Pulitzer Prize in history for his book Summer for the 

Gods. Speakers will examine the legal, historical, 
educational, litetary, religious, and scientific 
ramifications of the trial, d^fc 



Bryan College 


• regional accreditation T 


Biyan College received reaffirmation of its regional accreditation by 

the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and 

Schools (SACS) during the association's December meeting in Atlanta. 


Bryan College received reaffirmation of its regional accreditation by the Commission on 
Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) during the associations 
meeting in Atlanta in December. 

Bryan Presidenr Dr. Stephen D. Livesay said the colleges SACS representative was 
particularly impressed with Bryan's institutional effectiveness program and that "everybody 
on campus knows about the college mission, understands die college mission, and is enthusiastic 
about the college mission." 

Dr. Livesay said, "This reaffirmation indicates the quality of our academic programs 
and die commitment which we have to carrying out our mission. To have such a clean report, 
with no reservations, is unusual for any public or privare universiry in the Southern Association. 

"It's refreshing ro see our peers recognize the quality of all our educational programs. 
This is strong testimony to the strength of our faculty and the commitment by everyone 
on campus to excellence." 

He pointed out that during the 1 years since the previous reaccreditation, SACS has 
modified its procedures and added criteria. At the same time, the college has maintained 
a Top Tier regional ranking in US News & World Report's listing of Americas best colleges. 

Announcement of Bryan's reaffirmation of accredi radon comes on the heels of three 
other accrediting programs in the past nine months; the Association of Christian Schools 
International and the Tennessee Department of Education approved the college's teacher 
training program, and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 
accredited Bryan's athletic training program. 

Dr. Livesay said Dean of Instruction 
Dr. Ken Froemke and Academic Vice 
President Dr. Cal White were instrumental 
in preparing for the SACS visit to the campus, 
as well as preparing documentation the 
agency required. 

In addition to the documentation of 
the college's performance, the leadership 
team was required to develop a quality 
enhancemenr plan. "This is a new aspect 
of accreditation," Dr. Froemke said, 
"Every college has to show how they plan 
to improve their programs. We had a survey 
which showed that Bryan needed ro 
strengthen two areas — collaborative learning 
and field experience learning — so we 
developed a proposal to improve those areas.'" 

Dr. Livesay said he was particularly 
pleased with Bryan's reaffirmation in light 
of the fact that SACS changed its procedures 
in 2000 and rold rhe college Bryan would 
be one of the first to be evaluated under 
the new principles. .$"& 


lib rary adds 

Bryan students will soon have two new areas for study 
and relaxation as completion of the Spoede Room and 
the Shakespeare garden near. 

Library Director Laura Kaufmann said the newly decorated Spoede Room, on the west end of the first 
floor of the building, will he a more comfortable space for students to study. "We're working with an 
interior decorator to redecorate the room as a cafe-style space, although we won't have a grill." she said. 
"We will have club chairs, more comfortable seating, and more ambient lighting to warm up the room 
and make it a space where students can relax." 

Outside the Spoede Room is located the new Shakespeare garden, which will have benches and 
patio furniture for library patrons. "Karen Randen (Bryan's landscaping coordinator) is putting in plants 
that are cited in Shakespeare's poetry and plays," Miss Kaufmann said. "The decorative fence and pillars 
were designed to complement the architecture of the building." 

The improvements were made possible by gifts to honor former history professor Dr. Robert 
Spoede and his wife, Nancy Spoede. 

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This special New American Standard 
Bible Open Bible study edition has 
been enhanced with eight pages of 
historical pictures and information 
about Bryan College. 

We invite you to order your personal copy 
of the Bryan 75th Anniversary Bible 
with your contribution of §75. A portion 
of your contribution is tax-deductiblef 

To order, contact the Alumni Office 
at 423.775.7323. 

i'5 shipping charge applies. *71i-e actual value of the Bible is $36i tax- deductible portion is. $3a. 






Counter-terrorism typically is not the vocation of choice for a Bryan Bible major, but Klon Kitchen, 
'99, finds himself serving the Lord and his country in the highest levels of that field. 

What he's doing is working as a countenerrorism advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the 
office or the Secretary of Defense in Washington, D.C. 

Klon received his Bible degree in 1999, and married his college sweethearr, Tracy Schultz, '99. 
The couple moved to Columbus, Ga., where he taught Bible in a Christian high school for a year. 
They decided to move to the Washington, D.C, area and both wound up waiting cables until more 
Steady work came along, 

"I was on the campus of George Washington University and bumped into a person at the school 
of national security," Klon explained. "I told him what I was interested in. He said he worked for a 
civilian national defense group and asked if I would be interested. I said, 'Absolutely.' I was there two 
years, then was recruited by the Department of Defense out of that job." Since then, Klon has been 
sent all over the world for his work, including several months in Afghanistan. 

Moving into the field was not as much of a stretch as some might imagine because of the world- 
view education he received at Bryan. The Bible faculty "emphasized critical thinking skills, how to go 
to the Scriptures and very logically search the whole of Scripture to find what Scripture says about an 
issue," he said. "I take the exact same tools of critical thinking and apply them to a new problem set. 
I still use inductive and deductive reasoning, analytical reasoning, data mining. I'm taking information 
that is disjointed and broken up and tty to make it into a coherent picture." 

Klon focuses on the big-picture threat posed by the use of violence to enact political change. 
"On a day-to-day basis I deal with different groups, but my customers, primarily the Joint Chiefs of 
Staff, are more focused on how we tailor our resources to the broad issue of terrorism." 

Many of his colleagues come from well-known institutions, "but at no point have I ever relt 
lacking," Klon said. "Bryan's approach co education is holistic. What Bryan teaches isn't just to give 
a scope of information; it's teaching people how to live Christian lives, extending beyond the cerebral. 
There is encouragement to be consistent, thoughtful, and exploratory." 

"Those kinds of things have been used by the Lord to differentiate me from others. I'm someone 
who has a reasoned worldview by which I enjoy my job, my friendships, my marriage. Bryan has influenced 
all of those things. I don't think [those other schools] influenced anything except academics." 4r% 

wm no poin^ 

have I ever felt 

lacking... what 

Bryan teaches 

isn't just to 

give a scope of 


it's teaching 

people how to 

live Christian 

lives, extending 

beyond the 

cerebral. '< 

kitchen, class of 1999 

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ai„„k a ,charles thomas 


~fcfr&- &UI ~£& Lt&Asns 

College seniors may try to convince under- 
dassmea that they are special because they have 
been around for four years, but those seniots 
don't have anything on Bryan's "senior" student. 

Charles Thomas turned 85 years old on 
Dec. 13, 2004, but you can regularly find him 
in chapel or a Bible class, sitting alongside 
students a quarter his age. 

Mr. Thomas, who lives with his wife, Theda, 
in nearby Hixson, Tenn,, is taking Dr. Dan 
Wilson's class on the Prison Epistles of the 
Apostle Paul. This past school year he took 
classes on the Pentateuch and the Poetic Books 
of the Old Testament from Dr. David Fouts. 

"At my age, you begin to realize it's not 
going to be as long as it has been," he said. 
"In mv effort to know God better, I decided 

to go back to the foundations and start there— 
the Pentateuch— then go forward." 

Dr. Wilson said Mr. Thomas is a joy to 
have in class. "He's sharp as a tack. He speaks 
from life experiences, of lessons he has 
learned. He boils 
things down to a 
nutshell-he's a good 

Matt Rogers, 
one of his classmates, 
said that Mr. Thomas 
is "a great reminder 
that you ate never 
too old to keep learning 
and that God will bless you in your studies." 

His educational journey began some 
1 years ago when Mr. Thomas came to a 
lecture at the college and was impressed with 

the speaker and with the students he met. 

"I went home and told my wife about it. 

The next lecture, she came with me and she 

was equally impressed.'' 

Several years ago, he and his wife donated 
funds for a scholarship 
in Biblical Studies. 
Last year Mr, Thomas 
joined the ranks of 
rhe srudent body. 

Dr. Wilson said 
he and his class have 
benefited by having 
Mr. Thomas on the 
roll. "He's 50 years 

older than me. He contributes with reservation 

because he doesn't want to dominate. He has 

so much to say, so much to teach me. He's 

a |ewel. 

Thete's a reason why U.S. News & World Report calls us one of America's Best Colleges. 

For starters, more than half of our students graduated in the top of their class. On campus, 
our average class is just 12. And there's one professor for every 14 Bryan students. That 
means you're guaranteed individual attention from professors that know and care about ytm. 

And, with more than 30 academic programs to choose from, you'll be enlightened both Spiritually 
and academically. But don't take our word for it — come see Bryan College for yourself. 

We'll light rhe way. 

Bryan College 
Office of Admissions 

P.O. Box 7000 


p. 800.277.9521 xSOO. 


get ready to change ^ 

the world 

summit 2005 

<tu^uynxA> frnM July 10-23 
iww^uX LuH>- July 24 - August 6 

Are you making a difference? Living for Christ is 

never easy, but with an equipped mind and a willing 

heart, you can be an effective influence on those 

around you. The Summit at Bryan College will help you 

think through tough issues and apply a radically 

life -changing Biblical world view to all areas of your life. 

You may never be the same again. 

At Summit, our goa is to not only train young 
make a difference for Christ, but to empower 
educators who have daily, direct contact - 
next generation through this five-day adult 
nference. Integrate a Biblical woridview into every 
ct of your curriculum with training from knowledgeable 
experts and personal consultation. Come see how 
you can creatively engage students in developing 
a life-changing Biblical woridview. 

contact us tor more information or an application 

call 423.775.7599 I email I web 

write The Summit at Bryan College. PO Box 781 2, Dayton, TN 37321 

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at Bryan College 

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Three decisions the Bryan Alumnus of the 
Year learned from a high school student 
formed the foundation for his Homecoming 
chapel message Oct. 1 , 2004. 

Dr. Tim Kimmel, '72, toid students 
that those decisions, outlined in a high school 
valedictory address by Darcy Dirks, who later 
became Darcy Kimmel, '74x, provide a great 
foundation for success in life. "If you make 
these decisions right, everything else is 
minor, just details." 

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"The first decision is what is your mission 
in life going to be?" He said most people 
confuse "mission" with "success," and buy 
into a philosophy that says, to be successful, 
one must have a lot of money. God, on 
the other hand, says that everything physical 
eventually will be destroyed. Citing I 
1 hessalomans 4: 1 and Philippians 2:1-2, 
he said, "Be wisdom-hunters. Spend your 
rime here getting information, and turn 
it into something that makes a difference. 
You need to leave the world a better place 
than you found it. But this is just a warm-up. 
"Live your life with an attitude of gtace 
ind you'll be light years ahead of most people." 

The second decision people must make is who will 
be their mate. He encouraged the studenrs to "stop trying to find a perfect mate. That 
assumes you are perfect. Forget it. You're riot perfect; there is no perfect person. It doesn't 
matter who you marry because you won't be married to the same person five years later, 
and I'm not talking about divorce. You'll change; you'll lose money, have children, bury your 
parents. All of these things will change you." 

"Both of you are fragile people. You can 
hurt each other and be hurt. [Husbandsl 
have to find out where [their wives are weaker 
and] live in an understanding way. 

"What makes a great mat riage? You're 
constantly adjusting to what life throws at 
you. That's called grace." 

The third decision to make is to decide who 
will be your master. "The world is filled with 
the mindset of idolatry, but so is the Christian 
world. Something that replaces the work of 
the Holy Spirit in your life is idolatry We let 
our fears, our regrets, run our life. We let 
our denomination, even the Bible, become 
idols. We must let the Bible change our lives, 
not worship it," 

"We are all going to be masteted by 
someone. The good oews is that if you make 
the right decision on this question. He will 
help you answer the other two right." 


Stephen and Jane Barnett of Dayton 
were named honorary alumni of Bryan 

College during Bryan's homecoming 

celebration Oct. 2. Dr. Barnett, professor 

of natural sciences, has taught at 

Bryan for 20 years, and has received 

the Outstanding Teacher Award and 

served as chairman of the faculty. 

Mrs. Barnett sings in the Chattanooga 

Choral Arts Society, and is employed 

at Chattanooga Christian School. 
Dr. and Mrs. Barnett are pictured with 
Bryan Trustee G. Michael Smith, right, 
who made the presentation 



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Thoughts of a winter holiday in [he Bahamas bring visions of sun, sand, and the beach, 
but for members of the Lady Lions basketball team, their p re-Christmas missions trip 
was much more than fun and games. 

Coach Mart Bollant and the Lady Lions spent five days and four nights in the 
Bahamas on a basketball missions trip just before Christmas. And although they played 
basketball, "mission" was central to the experience. 

Team members and Coach Bollant spoke in a church on Sunday morning, then 
visited two orphanages on Monday and Tuesday between their basketball games. 

Coach Bollant said he believes the team members profired from far more than the 
lessons they learned on the basketball court. "We played two stronger teams, Concordia 
(Austin, Texas), and the Universiry of North Florida," losing both contests. "As a coach, 
the biggest thing I wanted was for our girls to be thankful for what we have. I think the 
girls went home with a deeper appreciation for their parents and for whar they have. 
The trip gave them another taste of missions and of being used by God." 

Ministry opporrunities included speaking and attending church on Sunday morning, 
where senior English lirerature majot Talor Armstrong spoke about how God has used 
basketball in her life to teach her and help her grow spiritually. Coach Bollant rold the 
Wilma Rudolph story to illustrate his point that "anything is possible to those who believe." 

Talor said the trip was "a life-changing experience, not just life-altering. I have been 

looking for direcrion in my life, asking the 
Lord, 'What do you want me to do?' It seems 
like God said, 'This is what 1 want you to 
do.' I felt the Lord showed me I have a heart 
for missions." 

Liz Bole, a freshman liberal arts major, 
said the trip "was a great idea for team- 
building and to minister to people who are 
a lor less fortunate. Seeing smiles on the 
faces of the kids was the best part." 

Getting to know children in the two 
orphanages they visited had a great impact 
on team members' hearts. "1 could tell the 
kids were starved for attention," Liz said. 
"They weren't shy; they came right to you. 
I could spend time with kids like that the 
rest of my life. The Lord has blessed me 
to grow up in America, but I learned rhere ^B 
are a lot of kids that don't have what we do." 



Talor echoed that sentiment. "They loved you from the minute they saw you. The 
.lardest thing for me was realizing that I have so much and they have so little, and that 
I take what I have for granted." 

She said the children even drew out some of her teammates who seem shy in their 
college setting. "It was neat to see die shyet girls on the team get out thete and love these 
kids, to see everyone running around and laughing so hard. And the coaches were amazing 
with the kids. Coach (Cotey) Mullins must have swung kids around forever. And Coach 
Bollant was out there giving tips for basketball. They love basketball." 

While the players were thrilled to spend quality time with the children they met, they 
realized that the effort took a toll on their 

performance on the court. "It was like we 
gave a piece of our heart (to the children)," 
Talor said. "It was hard to go play basketball 
after that. They wete not our best games; 
we were kind of tired after all that, and 
I couldn't get (the children) off my mind. 
We didn't play well in either game, but 
I feel like our purpose for being there was 
met, I felt we learned so much." 

Coach Bollant acknowledged the 
physical toll spending time at the orphanages 
took on his team, but said the true benefit 
of the trip was illustrated in one government 
official's comment to the tournament 
director. "He told the tournament director 
what a blessing our team had been to the 
people of the Bahamas, and that he hoped 
we would come back again. "#<£. 



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Jim '56x, and Barbara Pitts are planning 
a transition in their ministry at the children's 
Haven of Morocco. A new couple has been 
chosen to direct the work, and after working 
with them tor a year, the Pins plan to move 
to Azrou and continue their ministry to 
the people of Morocco. 

Former faculty mem bet Mary Alice Greider 
Branson, who lives with her husband, Cliff, 
'59, in Newman Grove, Neb., writes of her 
fond memories of the time she and her 
husband spent at Bryan. Cliff is pastor 
of Rosehill Evangelical Free Church. Their 
children are Bryan alumni; Beth Wood 
'87, and David Branson '88. 



Marge Scholz '68, retired from SIM 
Dec. 1, 2004, after more than 34 years of 
missionary service. She served in Ethiopia for 
25 years and worked as an administrative 
assistant in the Chicago area office of SIM's 

ethnic focus ministry for the past 9 Vl years. 
She lives in Chicago with her 98-year-old 
mothet and is very involved in her local church. 



Joyce (Buice), '70, and her husband John 
Larrabee survived a serious motorbike 
accident near their home in Urucurituba, 
Brazil, where they serve as independent 
missionaries. She is recovering from injuries 
ro her face and curs and scrapes on the front 
of her body. She and John are rejoicing that 
five students at the school where they serve 
accepted Christ as savior after the accident. 

Steve Strauss, '76, spent much of 2004 
teaching and speaking at four schools in 
Ethiopia and the United States. He taught 
Chrisrology ar rhe Ethiopian Graduate 
School of Theology, spoke at the missions 
conference at Dallas Theological Seminary, 
taught ctoss-cultural theology at Tr iniry 
International Univetsity, and theology of 
missions at Midwest Theological Seminary. 

Connie (Peacock), '76, Blanton writes 
that the "Fearsome Four" of the 1972-73 
school year had theit own reunion in June 
when Debbie (Dowdy), '76x, Brown 's 
daughter was married. Connie; Debbie; 
Carol (McKemy), '75, Trail; and 
Debbie (Bowman), '76x, Morris enjoyed 
catching up with each other as they 
celebrated with Connie. 

Carl "Skip" Cline, '77, tetired from the 
Coral Springs, Fla., police department on 
Sept. 2 of last year, and moved back to 
his home in Ohio. While with the police 
department, he earned 17 departmental awards 
and numerous letters of appreciation from 
the citizens of Coral Springs. He was head 
of the hostage negotiation team and a field 
training officer. Skips new address is 1000 
Laurelwood Rd., Mansfield, OH 44907. 

Charlie, V9, and Sharon (Woychuk), 
'81, Goodman and family have returned 
to the States for 14 months of home 
assignment. They are living in Knoxville, 
Term., after serving the past five years in Spain. 


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Mark, '80, and Candy Garrett were 
able to return to the States from Senegal 
for vacation and for Candy's brother's 
wedding in July. They have been working 
with SIM's radio program, The Way of 
Righreousness, seeking to interest listeners 
in further study of the Gospel. 

Nancy (Addleton), '81, White recendy 
passed the Board of Governors Examination 
in Healthcare Management, which means 
she is board certified in healthcare manage- 
ment and a Diplomat of the American 
College of Healthcare Executives. She 
is director of senior health services and 
government relations at Coliseum Health 
System in Macon, Ga. 

Carin (Chapman), '82, Utt and her 
husband. Rick, anticipate adopting their 
roster child, Angelina, eatly in 2005. After 
she graduated from Bryan, Carin became 
a Miami Dolphins cheerleader in 1991, met 
her husband when she was interviewed on 
a radio show, won the Mts. Florida tide in 
1994, and home schooled het youngest 
stepson for three years. In 2000, she founded 
Broward Ferret Rescue and Referral, but 
gave that up to become a full-time foster 
parent in 2003. She is on the worship team 
and involved in the music ministry at Calvary 
Chapel in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 

Rick, Carin, and Angelina Uli 

Walter Wolff, '82, received his Ed.D. degree 
in child and youth studies, specializing 
in special education. His wife, Mandy 
(Ridgeway), '83, Wolff 'is a guidance 

counselor at a Christian school in Rock Hill, 
S.C, where their boys Randall, 7, and Waken 
1 3, attend. They would love to hear from 
friends at us. 

Val (Krueger), '83x, Colvin and her 

husband, Steve, sponsored a "little" country 
fair on their farm near Dayton, Tenn., in 
August. They expected about 1 00 participants, 
but some 150 actually attended. The fair 
included various contests and exhibits, 
and was designed to interest children in 
a wide range of traditional activities. 

Brad and Ruth (Buckhannon), '84, 
Tucker announce the adoption of their first 
child, Kay I a Mackenzie Tucker, who was 
born July 31, 2004. Brad works for the 
Chattanooga, Tenn., police department, and 
plans to begin law school next fall. Ruth 
runs her own business teaching parenting 
classes and is a stay-at-home mom. 

Kayln Tucker 

Ralph, '84, and Ruth (Iwan), '85, 
Rogers live in Bakersfreld, Calif, where 
Ralph works as a marriage and family 
therapist, and Ruth is busy at home with 
their four children. They wrote to say 
they enjoyed homecoming very much. 

John and Debbie (Barwiek), '87, 
Kipps; Kevin and Anna (Culpepper) 
Wishard, both '86; and Dave and Kelly 
(Kik), '88x, McClelland and their 
12 children spent a weekend at Lake of the 
Woods near Fredericksburg, Va., this past 
summer. This is the second vear in a row the 

three families, who live in the Washington, 
D.C., area, have had their own alumni reunion. 

Celesta (Be achy), '88, and Dennis 
Richardson have begun ministry at 
a mission church in a culturally divetse 
neighborhood in Anchorage, Alaska. Their 
children, Seth, Elizabeth, and Sara, attend 
a Christian school, allowing Celesta to wotk 
in the church and be involved in outreach 
to adults in the community. 

Tatni (Bradford), '89x, Curley writes 
to say she is moving toward a new ministry 
of Christian counseling. She and her husband, 
Ken, live in Covington, Ga. 



Trish (Kiney), '90, and Harv Wiletnan 
announce the birth of their first child, 
Eleanor Marie ("Ella"), on Sept. 24, 2004. 
Among her first visitors were her cousins, 
Malcolm, Madeline, and Patrick Fary, 
children of Tim, '95, and Sarah (Kiney), 
'93, Fary, at the Wileman home in 
Arlington, Va. 

Tom and Mickie (Deavers), '91, 
Alexander announce the birth of their 
daughter, Sydney Elizabeth, on Aug. 7, 2003. 
She weighed 8 lbs,, 2 oz., and was 20 Vz 
inches long. Tom and Mickie both work at 
the police department in Hagerstown, Md. 

Patricia Brown, '91x, and David Golinski 
were matried Oct. 15, 2004, in Annapolis, 
Md. Patticia is the proud stepmother of 
two boys, Michael, 15, and Bryan, 11. 
Patticia and David work for the State of 
Maryland and live in Glen Burnie, Md. 

Alicia (Hill), '93, and Tim Rowe 

announce the adoption of their son, Victor, 
who was born in Ukraine. Victor is 2 V2. 
The Rowe family lives in Louisville, Ky. 

Alan Barth, '94x, and Tamara Miller, 

'92, were married Sept. 25, 2004. 



Eric, '94, and Allison Albright have stepped 
into new roles with the Wycliffe team in 
Southeast Asia, Eric is the computer manager 
and Allison is librarian. This past July, theit 
son, jared, celebrated his first birthday. 

Yuri Wakabayashi, '97, and George You 
were married Sept. 18, 2004, in La Jolla, Calif. 

Jessica Ritterbush, '98, completed her 
Master of Divinity degree at Southwestern 
Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort 
Worth, Texas, in May 2004. She is a sixth 
grade Bible, math, and history reacher at 
Trinity Christian School in Fairfax, Va, 

Jeff and Marcy (Whisman) Paulson, 
both '98, announce the birth of their first 
child, Clara Grace. Clara was born Nov. 17, 
2004, weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz., and was 
20 '/2 inches long. Marcy is taking a yeat 
off from teaching Spanish to elementary 
students in Chattanooga, Tenn., where 
the family lives. 

in August 2004, She works as a regional 
manager in the financial underwriting depart- 
ment of CIGNA Healthcare in Chattanooga. 

Marry and Clara R 

Rachel (Diaz), '99x, Karhnak and her 
husband, Rob, announce the birth of their 
second child, Maria Kathryn. Maria was 
born on May 18, 2004, and weighed 7 lbs., 
5 oz. The Karhnaks also have a son, Paul, 
and the family recendy relocated to the 
Virginia Beach/Hampron Roads area, 

Mary Young, '99x, and John Pettit were 
married May ) , 2004. They live in Murray, Ky. 

Jenny R. Wilson, '99, received her Master's 
degree in Business Administrarion from 
the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 


Steve and Keri-Lynn (Lestmann) 
Paulson, both '00, announce the birth 
of theit second child, Peter Vernon, on 
Nov. 12, 2004, Peter weighed 7 pounds, and 
was 20 Vz inches long. He joins big sister 
Lucy Claire, who turned 1 year old in 
December. Steve is database manager for 
Bryan College and Keri-Lynn works part- 
time at the Bryan library. 

Paulson Family 

Matt, '00, and Laurie (Blanton), '99, 
Pierce announce the birth of their daughter, 
Ramona Eve, on Nov. 15, 2004. Ramona 
made an earlier- than -expected appearance, 
which meant Matt and Laurie had to make 
a rushed trip from their home in Qom, Iran, 
ro Tehran, where the doctor and midwife 
were waiting. She actually was born in an 
elevator in the hospital. Mother, daughter, 
and dad are doing fine. 

Matthew and Amy (Griffis), '01x, 
McDaniel announce the birrh of their 
fitst child, Simon Brooks, on Aug. 4, 2004. 
The McDaniel family lives in Garland, Texas, 
where Marthew teaches music and guitar at 
a Dallas school and serves as a youth pastor 
for Wesleyan Bible Church. Amy is enjoying 
staying home with Simon. Their email 
addresses are and 

Chad Snavely, '02, and Kasey Walz were 
married Nov. 6, 2004, in Bath, N.Y. They 
live in Avoca, N.Y. 

Jason, '02, and Allison (Viner), '03, 
Wasser announce the birth of their son, 
Simon Charles, on Nov. 5, 2004. Simon 
weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz., and was 19 '/2 inches 
long. Jason is a network administraror for 
Bryan's information technology department 
and Allison is a stay-at-home mom, 

Colin Jaeger, '04, and Alexis Lasseter, 
a Bryan student who plans to graduate in 
May 2005, were married May 22, 2004, 
in Alvin, Texas, Alexis" home rown. They 
were honored at a reception in Beachwood, 
N.J., near Colin's home, 

Melissa Grauman, '04, joined the Bryan 
College admissions department as an 
admissions counselor in November 2004. 
Melissa is rhe daughrer of Benjamin and 

Bertha (Combs), '72, Grauman of 
Farmersville, Ohio. 

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Gwendolyn (Gibbs), '36x, Reeves of 
Andersonville, Ga., died July 25, 2004, 

Archie R. Keffer, '51, of Terre Haute, 
Ind„ died Sept. 22, 2004. He is survived 
by his wife, Jan, and three children. 

Leslie S. Napier, '51, of McDowell, Va., 
died Oct 12, 2004. He is survived by his 
wife, Delia (Huck) Napier, '50; daughters 
Rebecca (Napier) Mummau, '74x, and 
Ruth Starkey; and sons Sammy Napier and 
Danny Napier, 

Russell Dubell, '56x, of Jefferson ton, Va., 
died Oct. 22, 2004. He is survived by his 
wife, Edna, and two children. 

Harold J. Johnson, '59, died Aug. 17, 
2004. He is survived by his wife, Louise, 
'59, and a son. s£% 




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Dr. Steve Barnett, Dr. Jeff Bruehl, Mr. Stefan Gray, Mr. Paul Johnson, Dr. Ruth 
Kantzer, and Mr. Earl Reed attended an Appalachian College Association faculty summit 
in Abingdon, Va. Mr. Johnson presented a workshop on the use of Flash. 

Dr. Paul Baling, Dr. Peter Held, Dr. Doug Kennard, Dr. Dreiv Randle, Dr. Ernie 
Ricketts, and Dr. Kurt Wise attended the Evangelical Theological Society and Evangelical 
Philosophical Society national meetings in November 2004. Dr. Kennard presented a paper, 
"A Philosophy of Humanity: A Functional Philosophical Approach from Biblical Theology," 
at the EPS meeting, and a paper, "Biblical Theology Affecting Systematica," at the ETS 
Systematic Theology Study Group meeting. He moderated the Hermeneutics Study Group 
at ETS. He also attended the Abingdon Writers Conference, the Institute for Biblical Research 
meeting, and a joint meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Sociery of Biblical 
Literature, and Society of Christian Philosophers in November. He also has had an article, 
"The Security of the Believer," accepted by Hand of Mercy Theological Journal for publication 
in the spring of 2005. Dr. Rickets presented a paper, "A Cognitive Linguistic Approach to 
Understanding Greek: with special reference to dia," at the ETS New Testament Study Group. 

Dr. Clark Rose wrote a story, "Annessa's 
Dad," about his daughter's first day of school, 
which was published in Frontage Road. 

Mr. Travis Stevens and. Mr. Jeremiah 
Callihan traveled with the Worldview 
Teams in Colorado, Texas, Virginia, and 
Georgia this past fall. 

Mr. John Stonestrcet spoke at Westover 
Christian School in Danville, Va.; at the 
ACSI Senior High Leadership Conference 
in Lynchburg, Va.; at the Homeschool 
Worldview Conference in Moody, Ala.; 
at a conference in Sewickle, Pa.; and at 
Ft. Bluff Camp in Dayton, Tenn., in November. 

& r - Jeff Myers spoke at the Association of Christian Schools International Student Leadership Dr. Mel Wilhoit spent rhree weeks in 

Conference in Talladega, Ala., at the Christian Resource Foundation Leadership Academy 
in Colorado Spring, Colo,, and at the Christian Home Educators of Colorado Family Day 
event in Colorado Springs, all in October 2004. He spoke at the ACSI teacher conference 
in Sturbridge, Mass., in November. 

Florence, Italy, as part of the Appalachian 
College Association's "shadow" program, 
observing and participating in an international 
studies program in preparation for Bryan's 
new international study program in Italy. 




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